Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science

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Apply your knowledge of software and programming to your passion

Our Bachelor of Art in Computer Science degree gives you the flexibility to incorporate a wide range of interests. You will still focus on software and software systems and also learn how to apply that knowledge.

This degree in computer science will allow you to work in many industries. Computer systems analysis and design, programming, network administration and web site development are a few areas you can explore.

The program allows for the greatest flexibility of course study. You will develop a broad understanding of many disciplines. Including the application of technology and computers in these fields. Our graduates can pursue a wide array of careers.  

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Program Options

Customize this degree to meet your specifications. You can explore your options here.

Dual Program

We have worked with other departments on campus to provide you with some areas to explore. Here are the options for dual majors that are available to you.

Program Guide

We will revise our programs to keep them as current as possible. Your advisor will go over your options if there is a change. 

How to Apply

All students who are interested in an engineering and computer science degree should apply through the Wright State University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applicants should indicate their desired major on their application.

If you meet university admission requirements you are admitted to the college. Direct Admit status is only available to Direct From High School students who apply for fall admission; and have a 3.25 GPA or better and have no less than a 25 Comp ACT or 1160 SAT score. Direct Admit students are advised in the department of their major within the college.


High School classes that will help with your undergraduate degree include:

  • Mathematics: College Algebra/Trigonometry, Probability/Statistics, Geometric proofs
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and other subjects utilizing the scientific method
  • English: Formal argumentation, critical thinking, clear communication of intent
  • Computer Programming

You can also check out College Credit Plus options.

Focus Areas

If you are not looking for a dual program or minor you can still customize the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree. You can take electives that will give you an understanding of business or music.

Music

Arts/Humanities
  • MUS 1210 Music Listening
CS/CEG Electives
  • MUS 4650 Computer Applications in Music*
General Electives

Music Theory

  • MUS 1010 Theory of Music I
  • MUS 1020 Theory of Music II
  • MUS 2010 Theory of Music III
  • MUS 2020 Theory of Music IV

Sight Singing

  • MUS 1510 Musicianship I
  • MUS 1520 Musicianship II
  • MUS 2510 Musicianship III
  • MUS 2520 Musicianship IV

Keyboard

  • MUS 1550 Keyboard Musicianship I
  • MUS 1560 Keyboard Musicianship II
4 Semesters Applied Music
4 Semesters Ensemble
4 semesters Recitals

Business

If you choose to complete the Business Minor please apply and satisfy the requirements

Additional Core Courses
  • EC 2040 Principles of Microeconomics*
General Electives
  • ACC 2010 Accounting Principles*
  • MGT 3100 Leadership, Management and Organizational Behavior*
  • MKT 2500 Principles of Marketing*
Pick One
  • FIN 2050 Personal Financial Decision
  • FIN 2210 Financial Management

To complete a Business Minor pick one

  • ACC 2020 Accounting Principles II
  • EC 2050 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FIN 2210 Financial Management (if not picked above)
  • MS 2040 Intro to Bus Statistics
  • MS 2050 Quantitative Business Modeling
  • Or 1 3000 level course

Fast Track Program

Increase your earning potential

Already have a Bachelor of Arts degree? You can streamline the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree requirements and get a second degree. It is possible to walk out with your second degree and practical experience in as few as four semesters. The department will also assist with paid internship opportunities if you have a 3.0 GPA or higher

Program pre-requisites
  • Complete or have completed the core mathematical courses (elementary statistics course and social science calculus)
  • Complete or have completed Introduction to Compute Science I (CS1180), a comparable course, or equal assessed experience.
Program Guide

 

Cost of School

There are many ways to offset the cost of your degree. With our program, you will be eligible for paid internships starting your sophomore year. There are also scholarships and other financial aid options. For more information check out the university's financial aid section.

 

Objectives and Outcomes

Objectives

Program educational objectives describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation.  Three to five years after matriculation, graduates of our Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science program will be:

  • Expert: Graduates of the Computer Science program are employable as computing professionals and will be recognized by their employers as well-prepared for their career in computing.
  • Adaptive: Graduates understand that education is a lifelong process and are well prepared for continuing studies.
  • Engaged: Graduates demonstrate an appreciation for the professional, social, ethical, and leadership roles of computing professionals.
  • Applied: Graduates can apply computing and software development principles to a diverse range of domains, such as analytics, data science, informatics, management, etc.

Outcomes

Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science will have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  • an ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • an ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process,component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • an ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal..
  • an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. 
  • an ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  • an ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices.
  • an ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.